El Rio

A neighborhood staple since 1978, this dive draws a noticeably diverse crowd of straight and gay Mission folk who come to hang on the outdoor patio and take full advantage of nightly deals, like $4 well drinks and free oyster Fridays. There’s billiards, shuffleboard, and live music. It’s definitely the place to for a casual meet up with friends, no matter if they live nearby or are in town visiting.

Alchemist

With a name like Alchemist, this steampunk speakeasy meets hipster hideaway is equally known for its 14th-century decor as it is for the playful cocktails they serve up. From the  Smoking With the Devil (vodka, elderflower, best online casino thyme) and the Tipsy Ford (gin, strawberry & fresnco chili jam, and fernet) to the house cocktail inspired by Chinese herbalists, sit back and enjoy one of their distinct drinks while an eerie phonograph plays beside you. 

The View Lounge

Located on the swanky 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis, The View Lounge more than earns its name. Far removed from your typical hotel bar, this iconic spot offers an awe-inspiring look at the city around and below with starburst floor-to-ceiling windows to gaze out of while sipping on a Fog City Collins. The retro art deco vibe doesn’t always attract trend-hungry locals, but it’s still an essential stop in town.

Ame

Located in the St. Regis hotel, this upscale San Fran staple comes from the duo behind Napa Valley’s Terra Restaurant. Featuring both a sashimi bar and an à la carte selection, Ame serves up what they’ve donned “personal cuisine:” a mix of their European influences with a Japanese flair, like their Sake-Marinated Cod or the Cuttlefish Noodles Tossed with Quail Egg. Boasting an extensive list of limited edition sakes, the atmosphere here is always sophisticated but never stuffy.

 

The Butler and the Chef

This cozy French bistro is nestled within the heart of the neighborhood but feels worlds away. Get the full Parisian vibe as flirty waiters dish out quiche, charcuterie platters, crepes, and fan-favorite Croque-Monsieurs for an intimate breakfast and lunch. With a bustling weekend crowd, be prepared for a long wait that’s well worth the Wood Smoked Salmon.

Marlowe

Hands down, this red brick SOMA spot has the best burger in the city. Indulge in their towering namesake burger—featuring beef, lamb, caramelized onions, horseradish aioli, and bacon—in their welcoming bistro environment, inspired by the owner’s great-grandfather’s butcher shop. Save room for desserts like the Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets or the Rum Soaked Nectarine Ice Cream split.

Press Club

Find your new favorite wine in this premiere tasting bar nestled in the Four Seasons Hotel. The stylish wine cellar brings together eight boutique Napa wineries, each with a station staffed by their own employees. Ripped from the pages of Wallpaper magazine, one of the city’s chicest modern interiors with a seamless blend of concrete and rare woods and lots of glowing nooks to sip on complex cabs. Order one of the food + wine flights and watch as three hours disappear.

Trou Normand

Opened by the owner of San Fran’s Bar Agricole, this meat lovers paradise goes whole hog with a nose to tail “meat philosophy,” but still keeps an eye for epicurean presentation. Sink into one of their curvy banquettes and enjoy the signature charcuterie and sublime Croque Madame, or pair a sausage plate with turn of the century cocktails, like their bourbon-based Algonquin or the Armagnac-based Sleepyhead. 

Mourad

From chef Mourad Lahlou ofAziza, this hotly-anticipated new restaurant puts a twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine. Inspired by the the night markets of Marrakech, this SoMA sensation fuses the old and the new in both its exquisite menu and its impressive design. Favorites like duck basteeya have been updated and carried over from Aziza and the eggland flatbreads and Chicken entree guarantee a meal worth dropping a little extra cash for.